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Mayor Reaches His 30th Year In Office

By: Steve Hensley Email
By: Steve Hensley Email

The year was 1977, disco was alive and most of our news team wasn't even born yet.

That was also the year Hazard Mayor Bill Gorman was first elected.

It happened 30 years ago Thursday!

Bill Gorman says he came home from Florida one day to discover others had declared him a candidate for mayor!

“I thought after the first week I wanted to quit, but it's been a wonderful experience because you can do so much to help people,” Mayor Gorman said.

Hazard has grown tremendously in the last 30 years.

“The city budget now is 25 million dollars a year and when I was elected mayor it was about 900 thousand,” Gorman said.

When you walk through city hall, There are dozens of pictures from Ribbon cuttings, and groundbreakings. They all happened on Mayor Gorman's watch.

“I just feel humble when I look on those walls, but it's a new day and we've got three more years to try and improve the quality of life for our people,” Gorman said.

He might have longer than that, the 83-year old won't rule out another run in 2010.

He says there's always more work to be done, like continuing to extend water lines and a ten million dollar bridge project as part of an effort to revitalize downtown.

Looking back on what's already been done Gorman says he has no regrets, “I've never had a day that I regretted being mayor of Hazard. The reason for it is I'm doing what I enjoy doing.”

Gorman says there is one thing that hasn't changed in the last three decades, “Anybody that wants to walk through this door for 30 years... I don't care if they're a billionaire, president of the United States or the town drunk... the door is always open.”

Mayor Gorman married his wife Nan the day after he was first elected, so Friday is their 30th wedding anniversary.


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